The Thrusters serve as warships and headquarters for the Renegade fleet. Through the use of their Stealth Device, they can fly completely silent and invisible to both sensors and the naked eye. This device gives the Renegades their greatest advantage in the war with the Guardians.
Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
- Thruster (GoBots Vehicle/Playset, 1985)
- Renegade GoBot Headquarters
- Go from Robot to Space Ship to Enemy Battle Station!
- Accessories: Instruction manual, label sheet
- One of several toy concepts designed by Tonka exclusively for the GoBots toyline, Thruster serves as a vehicle, playset, and gigantic Renegade soldier. In ship mode, Thruster rolls freely on four plastic wheels and is decorated with the title "THRUSTER 1" (possibly alluding to the presence of multiple Thrusters in Challenge of the GoBots) and the seldom-seen Renegade faction symbol. In its robot mode, Thruster gains a spring-loaded "gripper hand" which can hold most basic-sized GoBot figures. Standing Thruster on its thrusters and opening the front panel converts it to battle station mode. Like the Command Center, most of Thruster's interior details are represented by paper labels. Inside, Thruster features three levels. The lowest level is taken up mostly by a battery compartment and a switch for Thruster's electronic sounds. The switch activates the "Motion Detector Wave" feature, which sounds an (awful, horrible) alarm noise when anything moves in front of Thruster. A hole in the front panel allows access to this feature in robot and ship modes. Level 2 features an "Ion Vapor Cell" and several control panels. An elevator can transport Renegades from Level 2 to Level 3, which features a command chair, "Zod control," and a lever-activated trap door that dumps foes back to Level 2. The command chair can only comfortably seat Cy-Kill—few other GoBot figure have the articulation to sit in the chair. Thruster was released during the third series of GoBots figures in 1985.