Challenge of the GoBots cartoon
Renegade Rhetoric continuity
On Earth, Van Guard was helping Scooter, Turbo, and Throttle test a new type of force field for UNECOM with Nick Burns and A.J. Foster. The unique nature of the force field protected them, and them alone, from a temporal inversion wave that altered reality all around them. In this new reality, the Renegades controlled Earth and Gobotron, with Matt Hunter and Major Mo as resistance leaders. By conferring with the resistance, Van Guard and his friends realized this was a universe without Leader-1. As stowaways on a Thruster to Gobotron, Van's unit learned of a high-priority prisoner named "Luther Unum", and made the connection. While half the group went to rescue Luther, Van Guard joined Turbo and Throttle in snatching Cop-Tur. They easily manipulated the dim brute into revealing the location of Cy-Kill's Time Portal on Saeculum Gamma, but then Cop-Tur summoned a Zod!
While Cop-Tur laughed at the Zod menacing the Guardians, however, he lost track of Van Guard. Van sneaked behind Cop-Tur and grabbed him, forcing him into the confused Zod's mouth long enough for the Guardians to escape. They regrouped with Scooter's team and Luther before heading to Saeculum Gamma in a recovered Command Center. Major Mo was killed fighting through the Renegade blockade around the planet, but eventually the Guardians managed to send Luther Unum back in time so that he successfully grew to become Leader-1, restoring the timeline.
In testing out Doctor Braxis's new Destabilizer Cannon upgrade, Van Guard, Sky Fly, Bullet, and Heat Seeker joined Leader-1's team as they outnumbered and overpowered the Renegades at a UNECOM base in Rio de Janeiro.
When Cy-Kill attempted to reassemble his Puzzler combiner, the Guardians fought to keep the Renegades cars separate throughout Philadelphia. However, Van Guard's pickets were unsuccessful in keeping Tic Tac and Jig Saw away from the others.
"Echoes and Fragments"
- Van Guard (GoBot, 1984)
- Friendly Robot Mini Van
- ID number: 51
- Van Guard converts from robot to Dodge Caravan mini-van. He was one of five toys created by Bandai specifically for release in the GoBots toyline, after the demand for Machine Robo toys in Japan had dwindled.