Vamp is a Monster GoBot created by the Master Renegade. She is a formidable fighter with a macabre side, able to call upon a personal forcefield and having the ability to mesmerise foes in addition to her firepower and speed.
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Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
- Voice actor: Tress MacNeille
Vamp, Scorp and Creepy were constructed by the Master Renegade after he took over the Last Engineer's laboratory on Antares III, tasking them with guarding his sleeping form while he awaited a chance to return to GoBotron in the event of a Renegade victory. Vamp was quick to notice the arrival of Leader-1 and Matt Hunter on Antares III, hiding in plain sight as they explored the dormant volcano housing her master's sanctum. She was forced to reveal herself when the volcano sprang to life but along with Scorp was able to restrain the pair, with Vamp's hypnosis and personal force field proving especially useful. However Path Finder led a Guardian search party into the base and the numerical disadvantage the Monster GoBots faced led them to withdraw, hoping to use Leader-1 and Matt as hostages. However, Leader-1 had recovered and when they entered the cell holding the Guardian he took them both out easily. The Master Renegade was unwittingly "rescued" by the Guardians, who believed him to be the Last Engineer and took him to GoBotron. There he revealed himself and along with Cy-Kill took control of the planet. Soon after their alliance became strained, and the Master Renegade tried to use the presence of Vamp and Scorp as leverage, as they still had access to trianium crystals for a new transgressor for the assault on Earth. Instead, Cy-Kill and Doctor Go turned a captive GoBot into the similarly monstrous Pincher, who was sent to Antares III to negotiate with Vamp and Scorp. This was successful and the trio returned just as the Guardians were attacking Roguestar in their new Power Suits. Their ship turned the battle back in the favour of the Renegades, until the arrival of the Last Engineer in the Power Ship Courageous, which blasted the craft before forming a Power Warrior with the Power Suits, sending the Renegades into retreat.
With the Master Renegade imprisoned on Roguestar, Vamp and Scorp joined Cy-Kill's Renegades. When Scooter and Nick Burns discovered a secret Renegade base and were shot down on an uncharted primitive planet she was taken down by Cy-Kill along with Crasher, Cop-Tur, Pincher and Scorp to confirm their downfall. By the time the Renegades tracked the pair down they were about to be sacrificed by the natives, though they escaped through one of Scooter's holograms, and the tribesmen ended up attacking the Renegades instead. Leader-1 and Turbo soon arrived and a battle broke out, though Vamp and her comrades ultimately retreated when Scooter was able to set a three-headed monster on them. After Leader-1, Turbo, Path Finder and Scooter got onboard Roguestar, Vamp and the other Monster GoBots were among the Renegades who tried to stop them. However, she was lured into the path of some of the ship's weaponry and blasted by Scooter. She was then seemingly destroyed along with the Renegade mothership, but the Renegades had in fact jettisoned the explosives and used their stealth device, causing the Guardians to merely think Roguestar had been destroyed. Vamp was among the villains who gathered for a good evil laugh at this prospect.
When Cy-Kill needed to build Puzzler in order to counter Courageous the Monster GoBots were used to gather materiel; Vamp was dispatched to the International Bank Gold Depository to transfer funds and cover the purchase of a factory to build the new weapon in. While the first Puzzler was completed the raids drew Guardian attention and on the next trip to the depository Vamp found Scooter and Nick waiting. However, she saw through Scooter's hologram and threw the pair in a vault, though they later escaped. She was later present when Hilda Cocoa, wife of the Renegades' front-man Larry E. Cocoa, took control of the Puzzlers and accidentally sent them against the Renegades. Things got worse for them when the Guardians arrived with their Power Suits, Leader-1 using holograms projected by his to bamboozle the Monster GoBots. Soon after they were able to call up Courageous, which demolished Puzzler and forced the Renegades to retreat. Vamp then provided security for Cy-Kill's force-field generator; sadly Matt was able to don a lab coat and cover a good 50% of his clothes, thus sneaking past and overloading the device. The Monster GoBots then provided muscle for Cy-Kill's attempt to manipulate Earth's tectonic plates until the Guardians were handed over; Leader-1 surrendered himself, with Vamp draining his forcefield with her energy beams. However, Small Foot, Scooter and Turbo arrived to save their commander, with Turbo keeping the Monster GoBots busy until Scooter could destroy the Renegades' megablaster.
Cy-Kill once again deployed Pincher, Scorp and Vamp when he decided to miniaturise the trio and sent them inside the Command Center's computer systems to cause chaos. Believing it to be down to electro-magnetic infestation, Leader-1 miniaturised himself along with Turbo and Van Guard, heading into the systems to find what was causing it. Turbo was briefly disabled by a magnetic vortex before they discovered the Monster GoBots. The Guardians were eventually able to trick Vamp and her cohorts into attacking the computer's cleaning drones, causing them some trouble as the Renegades tried to escape before they returned to normal size. They made it back out - just - but were knocked out on their return. Scooter then tricked Cy-Kill into believing the Command Center was about to self-destruct, so he gathered up his troops, returned to Thruster and left. Along with Scorp and Creepy, Vamp was assigned to create a diversion for the Blue Team of Guardian cadets and their human instructors Nick and A.J., so that the Red Team - actually the Renegade Dread Launchers undercover - could report in to Cy-Kill. Vamp and Scorp helped keep Twister and Staks pinned down until the Red Team returned and the Monster GoBots called a rapid retreat, their job done.
During all this time while working for Cy-Kill, Vamp and Scorp had still been secretly loyal to the Master Renegade, visiting his cell and pretending to mock him - but actually planning a strategy to free him. They were able to contact Creepy on Antares III, and he was able to knock out the stealth device on Roguestar, and then deactivate the Master Renegade's cell. Vamp and Scorp escaped the ship along with the Master Renegade, meeting up with Creepy. Their creator decided to attack the colony of New Earth as a base for conquest. They were able to capture the colonists already there and lay a trap for the incoming Command Center, containing the Last Engineer and the Guardian Secret Riders Twister, Tri-Trak and Throttle. The Guardians were restrained on arrival but Cy-Kill was furious at the Master Renegade's release and arrived on New Earth after vengeance. The Guardians were released in the crossfire, and with the odds against them Vamp and Scorp were only too happy to take up Cy-Kill's offer of amnesty, though the Secret Riders and the Last Engineer were able to force them off the planet - with Vamp carrying the damaged Scorp away.
Machine Men mini-comics
During a battle between the Friendly Machine Men and Enemy Machine Men on Earth, Vamp piloted the Enemy Battle Base, swathed in flames from entering the planet's atmosphere, in to attack Winch Truck as he prepared to join the battle. After Helicopter Wincher took out the Friendly, the Battle Base peeled off to find other targets. Vamp disembarked and attempted to shoot down Spy-Eye but the Friendly switched to robot mode and kicked Vamp out of the sky.
Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots annuals
Hailing from the moon Casmodon, Vamp was one of the Enemy Invaders who travelled to Earth to join Cy-Kill's Renegades. He injured Turbo but the Guardian's friend Nick was forced to trek out of the woods near Silvermoon Mine, with help from the hermit Grogan. The boy was able to get back to the Command Center and return to Turbo with Leader-1, Heat Seeker and Hans-Cuff; Vamp battled Heat Seeker until the rest of the Guardians' Earth Force arrived. The Enemy Invaders fled, but their alliance with the Renegades greatly worried Leader-1. The threat they posed began to wear down the Guardians. As a result, Heat Seeker cause a distraction as Scooter put his plan to take the Enemy Invaders out of action - getting Dumper and Dozer to dump a huge amount of quick-drying cement on them. The monstrous trio were freed in time to try and stop Matt, Scooter and Spay-C from delivering Professor Von Joy's new Battle Suit to Earth, but they were able to evade the Renegades until Path Finder arrived to help them home. When the Battle Suit was put into service by the Guardians it was easily able to drive off an assault on the Command Center by the Enemy Invaders. Later they were among the huge force of Renegades gathered at Mauna Mauna by Cy-Kill, but joined the retreat when the Guardians were able to arrive and battle them.
Vamp was part of a Renegade squad sent by Cy-Kill to grab the Guardian Path Finder, so she could be processed by Doctor Braxis' brainwashing ray. However Scooter had unravelled the Renegade scheme, tricking them into attacking a huge magnet disguised as the Command Center. She was then stuck when the magnet was activated and hurled off into space.
The Monster GoBots aligned themselves with the Master Renegade when he betrayed Cy-Kill and temporarily conquered all of GoBotron from the Guardians as well. However, once his plans started to go south, Vamp assessed the situation and rallied her comrades back to Cy-Kill's side, getting him to safety when it seemed the Guardians would reclaim the planet. Cy-Kill sought an object of great power reported to be on Amazonia IV, but a force field set up by the Valkyrie people prevented him from landing. Artemis, Queen of the Valkyries, allowed a force of Guardians and Renegades alike to enter the Three Trials of Boudica and compete for the prizes, but only females could participate. Vamp joined Crasher and Snoop in opposing the Guardians, but she failed the Test of Courage when pitted against Sparky. When Thruster was shot down over Arcanus IX, Vamp and Cop-Tur conducted repairs while Cy-Kill went exploring.
From Axiom Nexus, Cy-Kill described the origins of Vamp and Scorp, while congratulating himself on his own brilliance in creating Pincher as an ambassador to bring the Monster GoBots into the Renegades. Still, Cy-Kill was aware of their murky loyalties and continuing ties to his hapless rival, the Master Renegade. Seeing the influence Vamp and Scorp had gained over Pincher, Cy-Kill was concerned about introducing his newly acquired monstrous troops like Odd Ball and Monsterous to the Monster GoBots once he returned to Level 1. As he feared, Cy-Kill saw Vamp and Scorp bring Odd Ball into their sway. Fortunately, they seemed incapable of influencing the implacable Fright Face and his Monsterous combiner.
"Echoes and Fragments"
As Sideways and Gong played with mixing universal streams, Vamp and the Monster GoBots worked for the Master Renegade on Antares III, feeding hapless travelers into the Dactyl pit. They took Hot Rod and Kup prisoner after they crash landed, but the wily Autobots drew the Dactyls out of their pit, sending the Monster GoBots fleeing.
Vamp was the personal Go-Bot and possibly creation of Gobotics lecturer Professor Braxis, and was kept in his cellar. He invited his star pupil, A.J. Foster, around for dinner and then locked her in the cellar with the sinister Go-Bot but she was saved by her friend Scooter. Braxis weakly claimed the episode was a joke, but the pair left. Before they could do anything else they were confronted by Cy-Kill's Go-Bot rebellion.Vamp remained loyal to Braxis, and the pair watched with amusement as the rebels tortured Scooter and A.J.
As the Go-Bots took over Earth and build Gobotron Braxis went into hiding, building a whole army of Vamps which then went into suspended animation, with his decaying form inside one of them. A lifetime later, the Vamps were accidentally reawakened by Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo and the Guardians during their search for the Lazer Lance, and attacked them. However, they were scared off by the discovery of the Go-Bot god Courageous. While the Go-Bots were busy battling Zod and killing each other on Earth, Braxis took the Vamps to Gobotron and caused huge devastation to the planet. When the Command Center returned from Earth it was attacked by the Vamps, with Turbo, Scooter and Crasher left surrounded. They were saved by the arrival of Road Ranger, who bisected Braxis and made short work of his army. His skills greatly impressed the other Go-Bots, though he modestly credited Bug Bite, Staks, Zeemon, Destroyer and Baron Von Joy with helping him.
- Vamp (GoBots, 1984)
- Enemy Robot Monster
- ID number: 046
- Accessories: none
- Vamp was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to monster car in 6 steps. The toy was a repackaging of the Devil Invader Casmodon from Machine Robo, with no significant changes. For a toy of a small size of the period Vamp has excellent articulation, with moving shoulders, double elbows, hips and ankles. Sadly the robot mode's antennae are prone to snapping off.
- In Europe the toy was released still using the Casmodon name.
- Vamp 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 given a 3-D GoBots Sticker.
- Bilingual Canadian releases used the same name.
- Vamp (Super GoBots, 1985)
- Renegade Robot Monster
- ID number: 033
- Accessories: none
- The Super GoBots version of Vamp was released by Tonka in the third series of GoBots, and converts from robot to monster car in 6 steps. The figure was never released in Japan; while the rest of the third series Super GoBots were designed specifically for the Western market, Vamp's origin is slightly less clear - it is mechanically identical to the smaller version of the figure, and may have been originally planned as an oversized version of Casmodon, though it may have just purposefully based on a popular extant character. Either way it has the same pros and cons as the standard version, right down to the antennae being vulnerable. The rear of the box includes a brief character profile; unlike most Super GoBots, Vamp does not include a sticker sheet.
- Vamp was added to the Renegades Super GoBots Assortment 2 (#7252) for the third and final series.
- Vamp (Super GoBots, 1986)
- Enemy Robot
- Accessories: none
- While the smaller version of Vamp had retained the Japanese name of Casmodon for its' European release by the time the Super GoBots version had came out Bandai were trying to align the Robo Machine brand more closely with Challenge of the GoBots, so the Vamp name was used. Although the European box art inexplicably recoloured the rear section of the car mode pink, the actual toy was identical to the American release. But a lot easier to find second-hand.
- Vamp's Cybertronian-style body from the "Cataclysm universe" is modeled on Megatron from the Cybertron toyline with the head of Chop Shop from the Generation 1 toyline.
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