The Professor's New Baby

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Robo Machine featuring The Challenge of the GoBots Annuals
The Professor's New Baby
Publisher World International Publishing Limited
First published Autumn 1986
Cover date 1987
Writer Uncredited
Artist Uncredited
Printed in Robo Machine featuring the Challenge of the GoBots Annual 1987

Synopsis[edit | edit source]


The Guardian scientists have been hard at work on GoBotron designing something to counter the Enemy Invaders. Leader-1 sends Matt and Scooter to GoBotron to collect it, transported by Spay-C. Going via hyperspace it only takes them moments to reach GoBotron, where the huge Professor Von Joy is waiting to see them. The trio have to cut through his good-natured boastfulness and pondering on the Enemy Invaders before he reveals the Guardians' new weapon - the power system five GoBots, Battle Suit. Scooter and Matt immediately board the giant Battle Suit's cockpit and begin the journey back to Earth. However, shortly after launch they encounter the peaceful Godaikin GoBots Daidenjin, Vavilos and Biodragon. They warn Spay-C and Scooter that the Enemy Invaders have been sighted in the space lanes looking for the Guardians. Scooter filled Matt in but the Enemy Invaders and Cy-Kill attacked them, planning to take Battle Suit for themselves. Spay-C was soon damaged and had to board Battle Suit. Matt took the controls of Battle Suit, allowing Scooter to operate one of the weapons stations. Using the Suit's extensive star charts, Matt tried to lose the pursuers by diving through the atmosphere of Skatmos, then Godaikin before looping around a black hole and then a dying sun before plunging into the sea on the planet Santorin. However they were forced to surface after a close encounter with a huge GoBotic shark and instead made for Arpinkus-3, only for the planet's electrical trees to trap Battle Suit. Thankfully, Path Finder turns up in time to save them, having been informed of their trouble while he was on patrol and ran into the Godaikin GoBots. Together they were able to use the Battle Suit's firepower to send the Renegades running, though Cy-Kill again warns them of the power of Zod. The Guardians then proceed to Earth, where Spay-C is repaired, Leader-1 is warned of the Renegades' vow to attack and Scooter tucks into a can of oil.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Notes[edit | edit source]

Continuity notes[edit | edit source]

  • Professor Von Joy has returned to his cartoon name and allegiance after the last annual, though Dr. Go is still referred to as "Herr Fiend" elsewhere in the annual. Von Joy's changing sides from the Renegades and being reprogrammed is directly flagged up; if you squint there are a couple of hints in that direction in the cartoon. His dialogue, including addressing Spay-C, Matt and Scooter as "Lasers and gentlebots", is actually spot on. He is shown in the art and the text to be bloody massive for some reason.
  • The Battle Suit was the rough equivalent of Courageous in the Robo Machine toy line; it retained the Japanese colour scheme, as seen in the art here. In the story it is manned differently; while unlike the cartoon - and like the toy - the chest is occupied the annual also adds an additional position in the head. Its' components are referred to as GoBots but show no sign of sentience, while each module triples the user's firepower.
  • While Matt fits in Spay-C's cockpit, Scooter has to make to with hanging on his tailfin.
  • The Godaikin GoBots are one of the few species in the GoBots universe who don't speak English.
  • Godaikin and Santorin are both described as having GoBots living on them, with both seemingly keeping out of the war between the Guardians and the Renegades.
  • Spay-C is male in this continuity, as he was in Tonka's original profile for the character and basically everything else apart from a brief speaking role in "The GoBot Who Cried Renegade".
  • Path Finder is also male, which is a new one.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • GoDaiKin was Bandai's American line of imported Chogokin super-robots. While acclaimed, it was a sales failure and large quantities of unsold figures were shipped to Europe and repackaged under the Robo Machine branding. As a result there's a really cute attempt to line up the Robo Machine wares with the GoBots mythos as three of the figures are introduced as peaceful GoBots from the planet Godaikin.