Walter Wilson's Millions
|Walter Wilson's Millions|
|Publisher||World International Publishing Limited|
|First published||Autumn 1986|
|Printed in||Robo Machine featuring the Challenge of the GoBots Annual 1987|
Having destroyed Communism, World move on to a searing polemic on capitalism.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
The eccentric, reclusive millionaire sardine-eating miser Walter Wilson, head of Wilson Industries, has been spotted driving around in a Rolls-Royce - which is odd as for most of his life he has been too mean to buy a car, much less hire a driver. He doesn't even leave the car, simply giving orders from behind the tinted windows. Said orders have involved switching his entire workforce over to producing Sorium crystals, which has aroused the interest of Leader-1 and Matt on the Command Centre, especially as Cy-Kill has kept a low profile while the Guardians have been busy fighting the Enemy Invaders.
Checking the computers, Scooter realises the Renegade leader going quiet coincides with Wilson's change in behaviour. Low on numbers due to the ongoing fighting, Leader-1 sends Scooter and Matt to investigate. They attempt to meet Wilson but he's not accepting visitors, so instead the pair wait for the mysterious Rolls-Royce to appear. It soon does and they try to follow, but Scooter detects Renegade signals as they close on the car - which was soon revealed to be down to the vehicle being Tux, who switches to robot mode and captured Matt after zapping Scooter into a tree. Tux has been working with Cy-Kill, reprogrammed so his voice was the same as Wilson's so the Renegades could put Wilson Industries to work for them. The pair interrogate Matt (well, tell him all the details of their plan) on Thruster, where Cy-Kill reveals that Wilson is under the control of Herr Fiend's Hypnoscope and a trap is being prepared to capture Battle Suit.
Cy-Kill and Tux set off to collect the first shipment of Sorium but when they arrive the site is empty - until the Command Centre arrives with Leader-1, Heat Seeker, Dozer and Dumper ready for combat, the plot to take Battle Suit having failed and Scooter having hacked the Renegades' computer. Matt escapes from Thruster before Cy-Kill and Tux return to the ship and escape as Zod appears, ramming the Command Centre off a cliff into the sea. Zod then trundles off on the ocean floor and Matt realises Wilson needs to be freed. After travelling to Wilson's castle he finds the hypnotised Wilson counting and counting tins of sardines, believing them to be piles of money. However, even after Matt switches off the Hypnoscope and tells Wilson he hasn't actually been counting real money the ungrateful millionaire simply snaps that Matt has made him lose count. Matt reacted to this clear sign of a mental breakdown by just shutting the door and leaving Wilson to have his nervous breakdown alone.
Featured characters[edit | edit source]
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Notes[edit | edit source]
Continuity notes[edit | edit source]
- Despite the annual largely being on-song with Challenge of the GoBots, Tux is referred to by his toy name rather than Stretch. And gets a freaky new head design.
- He does have a blaster under the lid of his hat, though, which is a quality addition to the mythos.
Continuity and plotting errors[edit | edit source]
- What exactly happens to the Renegades' plan is unclear - suddenly the Guardians foil the plan to capture Battle Suit off-page and Zod makes a hit-and-run on the Command Centre before just driving off, abandoning their set-up with Wilson for no clear reason.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The text explains Scooter and Matt are sent to investigate Wilson Industries as everyone else is busy, which is more effort than the cartoon ever put into justifying something that dumb.