Sparky is a friendly Guardian security officer. In her own words she's always in the wrong place at the wrong time, an assessment it's hard to argue with. If you did Sparky probably beat you up anyway. Despite being quick to irritate, Sparky is a fearless fighter.
- 1 Fiction
- 2 Toys
- 3 Notes
- 4 Footnotes
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
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Sparky had worked as a guard on GoBotron's Prison Moon for years before being assigned to the Guardians stationed on the planet itself. When Cy-Kill announced that Leader-1 would be disassembled on the Moon she volunteered her services to lead a rescue team, joined by Turbo, Scooter, Matt, A.J.. They slipped past the Renegade fleet in a small shuttle, where Sparky guided them through a hidden tunnel on the surface into a cell. She blasted her way out but the team narrowly missed saving Leader-1. Instead they gathered his parts and took them back to GoBotron. To help the Last Engineer repair their leader the Guardians and their allies headed to Dome 7 and fought the Renegades on guard there. Scooter was chased by BuggyMan; Sparky backed her team-mate up, converting to car mode and ramming the Renegade off the road, but the tussle saw the pair of them separated from the rest of their friends. . BuggyMan recovered and resumed the chase, now backed up by Geeper-Creeper; Sparky suggested they hide in a cargo ship silo but BuggyMan guessed where they were hiding and fired the pair off towards GoBotron's sun, leaving Sparky regretting her poor decision. However, she then spotted an orbiting Command Center and the pair were able to reach it. They looked inside and saw it was being used as a holding facility for captured Guardians. Scooter was able to use his talents to hack into the ship's systems and tricking the Renegades onboard into believing it was about to explode. After the guards ran for it they freed the prisoners and set course for Earth. They are chased by Geeper-Creeper and BuggyMan but manage to lose them and get to a damaged Command Center in orbit. They find it is being used as a prison by the Renegades, with Turbo, Defendor, Wrong Way, Path Finder, Night Ranger and Rest-Q among those onboard. She devised a plan to get the Renegade guards Royal-T and Spoiler to abandon ship with help from Scooter and they took the ship and the freed prisoners to Earth. Turbo was able to land the Command Center with help from Leader-1 and the Guardians planned to fight back with the new Power Suits. Sparky remained onboard the Command Center as the Guardians attempted to attack Roguestar with help from a stolen stealth device. However a near miss sent Sparky crashing into the device, revealing the Command Center to the Renegades. Thankfully the Last Engineer arrived soon afterwards with Courageous and the Guardians were able to win the battle and subsequently retake the planet.
Sparky was assigned to guard a new prototype Astrobeam at the Astro-Science Center on GoBotron. It was soon targeted by Renegades; Crasher and Cop-Tur rapidly dealt with fellow guards Night Ranger and Path Finder while Steamer brought Sparky before Cy-Kill. When he found out she was unable to open the safe containing the Astrobeam the frustrated Cy-Kill ordered Steamer to take her outside and kill her. However, the Renegade felt that this was unnecessary and instead let her escape. Along with Staks, Sparky piloted a Command Center full of surveillance components to Earth. However, they were attacked by a Thruster piloted by Fitor, Cop-Tur and Crasher; unable to manoeuvre with the heavy cargo pods attached, they were forced to jettison the cargo so their ship could escape. The incident convinced Leader-1 that something had to be done about the Renegades' ability to launch attacks so deep into the solar system thanks to Roguestar and led to them recruiting Doctor Braxis from a mental institution to help.
As if she hadn't been given enough difficult assignments, Sparky annoyed someone high up in the Guardian administration as she was then assigned to be Professor Von Joy's assistant. Firstly they were posted on the Guardian Space Lab developing the new Element X when Crasher was able to infiltrate the facility and trigger its' destruction. However, the pair of Guardians were able to escape, with Sparky even managing to save the element - to the Professor's delight. However after the loss of the Lab research was switched to a secret UNECOM facility on Earth. She was then stationed on the joint Guardian/UNECOM Star Fortress, which had its' powers hugely boosted when the Professor found quantumite on Halley's Comet. However, the Renegades were able to get inside the station after taking over a probe ship sent to the comet for more quantumite. Sparky helped dig Leader-1 out when they dropped a section of the base's roof on him and helped him fight back, blasting Cop-Tur. However, Cy-Kill dropped the stolen quantumite, which triggered the destruction of the station - thankfully after it had been completely evacuated. She was later one of the Guardians who assembled at the GoBotron Fortress to hear Solitaire and Nuggit request help to fight the evil Magmar on Cordax.
Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots annuals
Sparky was part of the crew of Battle Suit during a confrontation with the huge Renegade army Cy-Kill had gathered at Mauna Mauna; eventually the Guardians gained the upper hand and the Renegades retreated.
Sparky joined Turbo and Street Heat in the Alienpolis Five Million to prevent the Renegades from winning and gaining control over the planet. Cy-Kill released mutated fast-growing plants over the Earth, called Go-Vines. Sparky and Small Foot snuck aboard Thruster and confiscated some Go-Vine seeds, which Professor Von Joy used to create a defoliant and eliminate those wacky weeds. On the planet Amazonia IV, female Guardians and Renegades competed in the Three Trials of Boudica for an object of great power. In the Test of Courage, Sparky and Vamp played chicken against a giant rolling boulder. Vamp finally leapt out of the way at the last moment, but Sparky stood her ground and won, learning the boulder was in fact deceptively light.
"Echoes and Fragments"
As Sideways and Gong played with mixing universal streams, the Decepticons staged an all-out assault on Guardian City on Earth. Sparky was one of the victims who fell in battle along with Professor Von Joy.
- Sparky was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to Pontiac Fiero in 6 steps. To meet demand Tonka commissioned Bandai to produce several additional moulds specifically for use in the GoBots toyline overseas, including Sparky. The toy is stamped "MRT-43" (Machine Robo Tonka) for reference. The chrome on her head is very, very thin and is often worn on loose examples, while the metallic sunroof sticker can peel and wear. She does have decent arm articulation due to the use of ball-joints in the shoulders.
- Sparky was released in the Hot Shot assortment (#7255) for the second series. She remained in the same group for the third and final series, and was given a 3-D GoBots Sticker.
- Bilingual Canadian releases used the alternative name Étincelle.
- Sparky (Robo Machine, 1986)
- Friendly Robot
- ID number: RM-64
- Sparky was released in Europe by Bandai in 1986. The figure itself is unchanged, plus shares the same product artwork and packaging bubble as her Australian release. However, the backing card was changed to solid blue with a horizontal red line running across the bottom. The card also featured bilingual text, and manages to include the American, French, and British names for the line in the title. Sparky and Stinger were the only "MRT" moulds to be released in Europe.
- Sparky (Machine Men, 1985)
- Friendly Robot
- Part of the ninth wave of figures, Sparky was released by Bandai Australia in 1985. She remained identical to her GoBots counterpart, albeit repackaged on a new black backing card depicting a yellow-tinted alien landscape.
- A prototype version of Sparky's toy had a different head sculpt much closer to the character's animation model, with the smoother "hair" down the side of the head. The reason for the change is unknown.
- Sparky's name is either a reference to the Fiero's unfortunate habit of catching fire frequently or hugely unfortunate, depending on how dark a sense of humour you credit Tonka with.
- Sparky's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Runabout from the Generation 1 toyline, with the head design of Universe Roulette/Shadow Striker.
- It stands for "Passenger Car", one of the milder terms used to refer to the Fiero.