The Boomers were an assortment of action toys within the GoBots toyline, designed and released by Tonka. The same toy was put out in two colour schemes, one as a Guardian and one as a Renegade. The vehicles were motorised and had a simple button-operated transformation, which involved a crude robot upper body popping up and firing a plastic 'message ball' - a plastic ball that could split in half so small notes could be folded up inside.
|“||This boom spells your doom!||”|
— Some Kid , GoBots Boomers TV commercial
During the GoBot invasion Enemy Messenger Blast launched a message ball containing the demand 'BEWARE' and then fired missiles. Friendly Messenger Rumble attempted to send a message ball saying 'SURRENDER' but, realising Renegades wouldn't listen to words, launched his own bomb. The two salvos collided in mid-air and harmed nobody but the world might not be so lucky next time.
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
A.J. Foster drove a Guardian Boomer during the expedition to Atlantis with Doctor Janus. The vehicle was later used by A.J. to destroy a dragon created by the Amulet of Power. Terror in Atlantis Later, Rumble Boomers were used to help the construction work on GoBotron Mission: GoBotron
The Boomer toys were only issued in North America.
- The Boomers were among the few figures to use the GoBots faction insignia, which was generally reserved for whenever Tonka were really trying to make a recolour look different to the other toy in the assortment.
- The figures bore a 1984 date stamp but weren't issued until 1985.
- Even the box back seems unsure about what the point of the Boomers is, noting "words are useless".
- This is generally why Tonka left things to Bandai. Technically though these guys are owned by Hasbro, though their record for keeping moulds usable is just one of the many reasons a Boomer reissue is unlikely.