Fiction[edit | edit source]
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit | edit source]
- Voice actor: ?
When Roguestar and a huge fleet of Thrusters under the joint command of Cy-Kill and the Master Renegade appeared over GoBotron, Defender mobilised and manned a turret along with Night Ranger. While they were able to score a hit on the huge Renegade flagship it had no effect and return fire immediately destroyed the turret. Injured, Defendor was captured and placed onboard a damaged Command Center with other Guardian prisoners, awaiting transport to the Prison Moon where he would be put into the Disassembler. He was released when Scooter and Sparky were able to trick the Renegade guards into abandoning ship. Turbo managed to get the ship to Earth, where the Last Engineer unveiled the Power Suits as Defendor watched. The Power Warrior Courageous was then able to defeat the Renegades, freeing GoBotron.
Defendor later pulled guard duty on Earth, working with Blaster at a UNECOM facility in the Utah desert to patrol the area and watch the entrances. However when Scooter arrived at the base the pair failed to notice he had been subjected to brainwashing by the Renegades.
Fun Publications[edit | edit source]
Transformers Timelines[edit | edit source]
Renegade Rhetoric[edit | edit source]
Defendor acted as garrison commander at the GoBotron Fortress on GoBotron. Defendor was one of the GoBots captured by a hyper-evolved intelligence and forced to fight in the Arena of Strife. He was pitted against Destroyer the Renegade and was beaten in the end, despite a close match. As Cy-Kill attempted to reassemble Puzzler, Defendor and Good Knight intercepted Rube before he could join his teammates.
"Echoes and Fragments"[edit | edit source]
Toys[edit | edit source]
GoBots[edit | edit source]
Super GoBots[edit | edit source]
- Defendor (Super GoBots, 1984)
- Friendly Robot Tank
- ID number: 031
- Accessories: cannon, turret gun, ammo case lids (2)
- Defendor was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Alvis Saladin Mk II armored vehicle in 13 steps. The toy was a repackaging of the tan/green Saladin Mk. II from Machine Robo Scale Robo DX line. The initial American release had several changes from the Japanese release - the spring-loaded cannon was disabled while the Japanese version's smaller gun and antennae were omitted. As production went on a further running change took place, involving heavy retooling the North American version; the ammunition case lids and turret hatches were fused in place, the gun barrel was shortened and the turret was made removable to aid conversion. Defendor is an outlier among the Scale Robo DX-originated figures, having a much more conventional robot mode. He is also considerably smaller in both modes than any other Super GoBot. Sadly, while well-proportioned and featuring good shoulder articulation Defendor's chest is made of diecast metal with some very thin seconds that can just snap sometimes under the force the conversion sequence requires. Defendor does however have articulation at the shoulders and the hips.
- Defendor was not released in Europe or Australia.
- While the figure was shown in pictures in the 1984 Tonka Catalog, Defendor was instead held over and issued as part of the second series Friendly Super GoBots Assortment 1 (#7251) and stayed as part of the range when it was renamed the Guardian Super GoBots Assortment 1 for the third and final series. It is not yet known at which point the physical changes to the figure were made.
- For bilingual Canadian packaging the alternate name Le Défenseur was used.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Despite Defendor's toy having a perfectly good face Hanna-Barbera managed to make it look like he had a long, flashing mouth and no other facial features. Slow clap.
- The character also never transforms in the cartoon.
- Defendor's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Brawl from the 2007 Transformers film toyline, with the head design of Jetfire from the Classics toyline.