Collision Course Comet

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Mini World
Collision Course Comet
Publisher World International Publishing Limited
Imprint Mini World
Published in Great Britain
First published 1985
Writer Uncredited
Artist Uncredited
ISBN 0723578125
UPC 9780723578123
Page count 36 story pages
Printed in Great Britain

Two obligatory Halley's Comet stories in one franchise...

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Scientists at an A.S.C observatory prepare for the passing of Halley's Comet. As they gather outside they're nearly ran down by Crasher but saved by the appearance of Dumper, who chases her off. Matt Hunter, having been inside Dumper, then gets out and talks to the scientists, trying to work out what was behind the attack. Meanwhile Crasher meets up with Cy-Kill onboard Thruster and mentions the approaching comet, which he decides can be used to destroy Earth. Doctor Braxis is sceptical but Cy-Kill has a plan, using a gravity component. They set off to Mixafon to get one; having previously destroyed the planet's army the remaining residents let them take the last device. Back on Earth Matt and A.J. are watching the comet's progress and notice it suddenly changing course - heading towards the planet. Cy-Kill phones the A.S.C. to say unless they surrender he will use Halley's Comet to destroy the planet. Matt is able to triangulate the location of the gravity component and sets off in Spay-C to find it. They locate it floating in space - guarded by Crasher. The two Gobots fight before Crasher is sent running. Matt then retrieves the device and puts the comet back on its' normal course, much to Cy-Kill's frustration.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Notes[edit | edit source]

Continuity notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Mini World books take place in an odd micro-continuity that seems to mesh early scant Machine Robo elements (which were ported over for the early Robo Machine figures) and some parts of Challenge of the Gobots. The models are largely toy-based and the humans less whacky-looking.
  • Most notably AJ is an adult Caucasian; she and Matt work for the A.S.C..
  • Crasher is based entirely on her first toy, complete with (textless) Rothmans-style adverts and faceplate.
  • This is probably Dumper's biggest fictional appearance ever and he's referred to throughout as "GoBot-dumper". Poor fella.
  • Similarly, Spay-C is referred to as "the GoBot-shuttle" and is given male pronouns.
  • Thruster is shown as a big weird space rocket.

Errors[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous errors[edit | edit source]

  • The text describes Dumper as yellow even though the art shows he's orange.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • An audio version was also produced by Tempo, issued on cassette in a gift set with a copy of the book.
  • As per usual with World, there are no credits, presumably part of the devil's bargain any of their staff undertook.

Second Edition[edit | edit source]

Another time GoBots got there first, 15 years ahead of Dreamwave...

In 1986, World Distributors issued an updated version of Collision Course Comet. While the text remained unchanged the art was adjusted considerably, with some pieces dropped entirely and illustrations featuring Matt, A.J. and Braxis (but not Crasher or any of the other GoBots) redrawn to resemble their cartoon character models. The book also featured a new cover featuring Leader-1 - yes, the Leader-1 that isn't in the book.

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